This summer, many have experienced that from the moment they enter the airport, nothing is certain. Europe leads in terms of flight delays, while North American and Chinese airports are the world leaders in terms of cancellations.
In the first summer without restrictions after the coronavirus epidemic, airlines and airports in almost every part of the world, especially in Western Europe and North America, have come under increasing pressure. Adverse summer weather conditions and labor shortages are manifested together in mass delays and flight cancellations.
More than half of flights at Toronto Pearson International Airport were delayed between May 26 and July 19. 52.5 percent of planes were delayed at the hub, the fourth-highest rate in the world, while 6.5 percent were canceled.
However, besides the Canadian airport, the majority is from Europe, where the most delays and cancellations have occurred, including cities such as Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and London. London Heathrow Airport recently had to ask airlines to stop ticket sales.
|Flight delays (May 26 – July 19)||Rate|
|Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada)||52.5%|
|Frankfurt Airport (Germany)||45.4%|
|Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France)||43.2%|
|Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Netherlands)||41.5%|
|London Gatwick Airport (UK)||41.1%|
|London Heathrow Airport (UK)||40.5%|
|Munich Airport (Germany)||40.4%|
|Athens International Airport (Greece)||37.9%|
|Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Australia)||34.2%|
|Orlando International Airport (USA)||33.4%|
Shenzhen International Airport, located in China’s Guangdong province, is the world’s number one airport for cancellations this summer: Nearly 8 percent of flights have been canceled, according to FlightAware. Canton International Airport and Chongqing International Airport are also in the top ten on this list.
The restrictions and sudden closures implemented have greatly restricted travel in China, as the strict epidemic policy has not opened up to international travel since the beginning of the epidemic. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, domestic flights at the beginning of May decreased by a third compared to the same period of the previous year.
While Europe has dominated the rankings for worldwide delays, only one European airport is in the top ten list for flight cancellations between May 26 and July 19.
|Flight Cancellations (May 26 – July 19)||Rate|
|Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (China)||7.9%|
|Newark Liberty International Airport (USA)||7.4%|
|LaGuardia Airport (USA)||7%|
|Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada)||6.5%|
|Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Indonesia)||6.2%|
|Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Australia)||5.9%|
|Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China)||5.2%|
|Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (USA)||5%|
|Chongqing-Jiangbei International Airport (China)||4.6%|
|Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Netherlands)||3.9%|
(Cover photo: Arrivals at Athens International Airport in Greece on October 11, 2020. Photo: Nicholas Economou/NoorPhoto from Getty Images)
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